Quincy History

As the birthplace of John Adams, John Quincy Adams and John Hancock, Quincy has long been recognized for the pivotal role her native sons and daughters played in the fight for American independence. It was John Adams – the “Atlas of Independence” – who championed the dream of a new nation on American soil, a country built upon the principles of freedom, justice and a passionate spirit of independence.

That independent spirit would lead succeeding generations of Quincyites to pursue the American dream with the same passion and tenacity as their revolutionary forefathers: men and women like Howard Johnson – who opened his first ice cream shop in Quincy – and Amelia Earhart, who once held a financial interest in Quincy’s Dennison Airport.

And the spirit is alive today: While in Quincy, be sure to visit our many historic treasures to learn more about these important chapters in the Quincy story:

Lyons Turning Mill
Quarry Hills Drive
Quincy, MA 02169

Begin your Adams experience at the park Visitor Center and view the new park movie, Enduring Legacy: Four Generations of the Adams Family.

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Historic Houses and Visitor Center open April 19- Nov. 10, 9am-5pm daily. Visitor Center stays open Nov. 11

Visitor Center
1250 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-773-1177

Built in 1731, the Old House at Peace field became the residence of the Adams family for four generations from 1788 to 1927.

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Open April 19 - November 10, 9am - 5pm daily

135 Adams Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-773-1177

The John Adams and John Quincy Adams Birthplaces are the oldest presidential birthplaces in the United States.

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Open April 19 - November 10, 9am - 5pm daily

133 Franklin Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-773-1177

On June 17, 1775, Abigail Adams and her seven year old son John Quincy walked the short distance from their farm to the top of Penn’s Hill, where they observed the smoke and fire of the Battle of B

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Open dawn to dusk. Please respect that the cairn is situated in a residential neighborhood.

340 Franklin Street
Quincy, MA 02169

Built in 1844, old City Hall is one of the oldest functioning seats of government in the country.

1305 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-376-1295

President John Adams lived to be 90, and it is thought that his penchant for exercise was a contributing factor.

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Saturdays from May through October

One Merrymount Parkway
Quincy, MA 02170

Besides its picturesque beauty, this West Quincy cemetery is singularly significant for its association with Solomon Willard, “the Father of the Granite Industry” and noted architect of the Bunker

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Open dawn to dusk.

Hall Place
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-376-1253

Historic Preservation is underway at the Lyons Turning Mill on Quarry Hills Drive as it efforts to establish a museum to show the history of quarrying and stonecutting and its relationship to the i

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Open dawn to dusk.

Lyons Turning Mill
Quarry Hills Drive
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-472-1322
Mt Wollaston Tomb Stones

One of America’s earliest garden cemeteries, the first two plots were ceremoniously purchased on May 5, 1856 by Charles Francis Adams, Sr.

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Open dawn to dusk.

20 Sea Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-376-1295

The son of Massachusetts’ governor and one of the principal founders of Connecticut, John Winthrop, Jr.

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Open dawn to dusk. Please respect that the furnace is situated in a residential neighborhood.

61 Crescent Street
Quincy, MA 02169

Quincy is the birthplace of the popular catch phrase “Kilroy Was Here”.

Moswetusset Hummock (1617) was the seat of the Massachusett Native American sachem, Chickatabot, where he negotiated with the early English settlers.

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Open dawn to dusk.

435 East Squantum Street
Quincy, MA 02171

This country estate overlooking Quincy Bay transports visitors to the Revolutionary War era and tells the story of a woman’s work to preserve her family’s history more than a hundred years later.

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Open first and third Saturday of the month from June - October. Group tours available by appointment.

Josiah Quincy House, a Historic New England Property
20 Muirhead Street
Quincy, MA 02170
Phone: 617-994-5930

The Adams Academy, built of Quincy granite, is an early and important example of Gothic revival architecture in America.

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Open mid-April - October Monday through Friday, 9 am – 4 pm and Saturdays noon – 3 pm. Library open Monday through Friday, 9am to noon and by appointment year round.

8 Adams Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-773-1144

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